If you were to create a bucket list of great places to stay around the world, Travel + Leisure's list of best hotels of 2012 might be a good place to start.
With a few exceptions, Travel + Leisure readers who weighed in prefer remote locations over urban centers in making their top hotel picks. High-end safari lodges in Africa snagged four of the top 10 spots with No. 1 going to Singita Grumeti Reserves in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania for the second year in a row.
Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Mont., makes it to No. 2 overall and No. 1 in the U.S. inn/small lodge category. The adults-only resort with 23 log cabins in the Bitterroot Mountains offers fly-fishing classes, nature photography, hiking and even cattle drives with stays.
Readers also selected Bangkok as the best city in the world, and Crystal Cruises and Seabourn as best large-ship and small-ship cruise line, respectively. As for best airlines, Singapore Airlines takes top international honors and Virgin America takes top domestic carrier.